Hyperlocal radio and do-it-yourself networks — Grassroots Radio on the Horizon Magazine

A well informed over­view of Grass­roots Radio has been pub­lished on the Hori­zon Magazine, the research and innov­a­tion magazine of the European Uni­on. The press item focuses on the need to bring radio to remote com­munit­ies that the pro­ject aims to tackle. With an FM sig­nal broad­cast over a catch­ment area of only a few kilo­metres, research­ers at work in the pro­ject are in fact find­ing new and sur­pris­ing ways to con­nect remote or rur­al com­munit­ies, even in areas where com­mu­nic­a­tions may be patchy.

The art­icle also fea­tures an inter­view with Chris Csík­szent­mi­hályi, Pro­ject and Sci­entif­ic Coordin­at­or, who claims:

We think that FM is still a very use­ful and very import­ant medi­um, and it deserves a fresh look as to how it works … and how will it inter­act with … these more recent tech­no­lo­gies. While it may be rel­at­ively old tech­no­logy now, it is still very rel­ev­ant in many parts of the world. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates these sta­tions from a lot of com­munity radio sta­tions is that they are very highly net­worked, so they are all going off a strong con­nec­tion to the inter­net and mobile tele­phony.

The Grass­roots Radio pro­ject makes FM fre­quen­cies avail­able for hyper­loc­al com­munity radio sta­tions, which can work off a trans­mit­ter con­nec­ted to a mobile phone, broad­cast­ing over a radi­us of up to 12 km, per­haps cov­er­ing a neigh­bour­hood, or a vil­lage and its sur­round­ings.

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